BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - A day after Steve Spavital announced his decision to step down as Broken Arrow's head high school football coach, he and school administrators shed a bit more light Tuesday on the coach's abrupt departure.
"I just had to basically step down due to health issues," Spavital said during a Tuesday morning news conference. "I've been struggling a lot with stress-related issues, and it basically has a tendency to shut me down at times, and it prevents me from doing the 100 percent that I need to do."
Spavital said Monday he had been battling with health problems for the last several years.
Spavital took over as head coach for the Tigers in 2011, leading them to a 39-12 record during his tenure. The team excelled again this season, advancing to the Class 6A semifinals before losing to Tulsa Union.
The 57-year-old's time leading Broken Arrow's squad wasn't without controversy, however.
In August, a self-imposed penalty was placed on the district's football and track and field programs. Two months earlier, it was discovered an ineligible Broken Arrow athlete had participated in both sports.
Spavital was removed from his role as assistant athletic director as a result.
Broken Arrow officials have said Spavital will remain with the school in a still undetermined capacity.